Remember, back in late 2008, those news stories about Barack Obama being America's first black president? And all those times Barack Obama's opponents cleverly used his race to inspire non-racist commentary about the issues? And even before that, when pollsters told President John McCain not to worry about his ratings, because who'd vote for the black guy, anyway?
All of this was premature. We didn't even know Barack Obama was really black until just the other day…
A White House spokesman confirmed that Mr. Obama, the son of a black father from Kenya [Ed. note: That's in Africa] and a white mother from Kansas [Ed. note: That's in America], checked African-American on the 2010 census questionnaire.
Mr. Obama could have checked white, checked both black and white, or checked the last category on the form, "some other race," which he would then have been asked to identify in writing.
I'm sure there are some people out there who are upset about the president's decision to declare himself this way, but the fact is, government forms are challenging for people whose identities don't fit neatly into a single box.
Well, maybe someday the Census will be expanded so people like Barack Obama will be represented with a category that describes them more accurately. ("Socialist-American," duh.)
Tags: Barack Obama, Census, Racism